- Kidnapper responsible for high profile abduction in Edo State.. Mrs Bridget Esene, business woman etc.
he last man standing from the gang of suspected kidnappers that allegedly abducted so many victims, including the Public Relations officer of the Edo state command of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mrs Bridget Esene, has been arrested by men of the Edo state police command.
The suspect, Innocent Emonyon, belong to an alleged five-person kidnapping gang terrorising Edo and Delta states.
According to the report, four gang members had earlier been arrested by the police in Benin city.
The four suspects were fatally wounded during the attack of the police team that arrested them in Ahor forest near the Benin Bypass in February 2021.
The suspect, Innocent Emonyon, who is the alleged gang’s professional driver, trailed Edo state Public Relations officer of the Immigration Service, Mrs Bridget Esene, from Ramat Park in Benin city to a church at Ikhueniro on the Benin-Agbor Road end in the Edo state capital.
The victim was kidnapped while entering the church auditorium and then taken to Ahor forest near Benin, where she was kept for days for ransom.
Innocent then snatched a Toyota Highlander Jeep from the owner around Aduwawa on the Benin-Auchi Road in Benin City.
The car was used in carrying out a series of armed robbery operations in Edo and Delta states.
In another incident, Innocent and his gang allegedly kidnapped the wife of a famous hotelier in Benin city, where she was kept in captivity for days.
The police are acting on a tip-off however rescued the woman unhurt.
Standard Gazette crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe who has been following up the story gathered that the suspect and his cohorts allegedly kidnapped a businesswoman along Lucky Way Ikpoba Hill Benin city.
The woman who was driving a Toyota Sienna car was allegedly whisked away to the forest, where they then demanded ransom.
Out of the five gang members, the police have since smashed four of them while Innocent escaped.
The police trailed and arrested the suspect in his hideouts.
According to Innocent, “I was lured into kidnapping by my friend called Desmond. I am a driver by profession. I carry agricultural products to different parts of the country. My action now is regrettable “.
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs, said the police declared the suspect wanted after his gang members earlier arrested named him as their driver.
The Edo Police Image maker said, “the police legal department will prepare his charges and arraign him in court for kidnapping and armed robbery”.
SP Kontongs assured the people of Edo state of adequate security of their lives and property.